$238m housing compound is one of Iraq's largest

Two-year housing project comprises 2,500 units, financed by Jordanian

A mosque in Tikrit, Iraq. Pic: Getty Images.
A mosque in Tikrit, Iraq. Pic: Getty Images.

The foundation stone for the largest housing compound in the city of Tikrit, Iraq has been laid by deputy governor of Salah al-Din province Ahmed Abduljabbar al-Kareem.

The $238million project will be built by an unspecified Jordanian company. Tikrit, the capital city of Salah al-Din, lies 175km north of Baghdad.

"Al-Kareem laid the foundation stone for the project in the area of al-Qadissiya in Tikrit through coordination with the Salah al-Din Investment Commission," Tami Saab, the commission's assistant director, told the Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

"The project, named al-Salam (Peace) City, envisages the construction of more than 2,500 housing units, to be financed by a Jordanian investor, and will cover an area of 1,000 donums," said Saab. One Iraqi donum equals 2,500m2.

Saab noted that the project would take two years to finalise, adding that the units would be 200m2 to 300m2, in the form of apartments and small villas. The project will also include service utilities, a mosque, a hospital, schools and gardens.

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